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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide

Toronto Gift Guide: Gift-box experiences

Posted by Dayna Winter / December 24, 2010

Samba DaysToday marks the last day of my quest to find some of the best gifts in Toronto. My final pick: Samba Days experiences. My dad has a knack for waiting until Christmas Eve before doing any holiday shopping, usually duping some poor suspecting offspring (namely me) into acting as mall co-pilot during the excruciating experience. To his relief, my parents put a stop to gifts a few years ago. For the not-so-lucky who still have gifting obligations (and liken shopping to swallowing thumbtacks), you can actually find incredibly thoughtful gifts outside of the mall. On Christmas Eve. And if you're really pathetic, on Christmas Day.

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide

Toronto Gift Guide: The Mighty Wallet

Posted by Dayna Winter / December 23, 2010

Mighty WalletIt's getting down to the wire but today marks day number 22 of my quest to find some of the best gifts in Toronto. Today's Pick: The Mighty Wallet. For a wallet that lasts, I usually opt for leather. My inner conflict over leather is a touchy one, though - should I be wearing leather if I'm not eating meat? But I'm also sensitive to my landfill contribution, and faux-leather options will undoubtedly end up as garbage in a few months. There is a happy compromise, though. The Mighty Wallet is free of animal ingredients and it's also 100% recyclable. Win-win.

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Toronto Gift Guide: Sula Paint & Peel nail polish

Posted by Dayna Winter / December 22, 2010

Sula Paint & PeelIt's day number 21 of my quest to find some of the best gifts in Toronto. Today's Pick: Sula Paint and Peel nail colour. I'm a picker. I have this knack for turning a barely visible red spot into a raging zit, a minor worry into an ulcer, and an innocent hangnail into a mutilation, merely by meddling. These things are better left alone, but I'll never learn. This is probably the appeal of Sula's Paint & Peel polishes. They're meant to be picked!

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide

Toronto Gift Guide: Ontario Craft Beer Discovery Pack

Posted by Dayna Winter / December 21, 2010

Craft Beer Discovery PackIt's day number 20 of my quest to find some of the best gifts in Toronto. Today's Pick: Ontario Craft Beer Discovery Pack - Holiday Edition. I'm not a beer connoisseur but I've swigged enough pints in my legal-drinking-age life to know what I like. And, while I hate messing with a good thing, I'm definitely willing to try new things, especially in low-risk formats like this. This locally-brewed mixer is a nice intro to beer tasting, with a helpful guide printed right on the box. In terms of gifting, a recipient is bound to find at least one new favourite in the bunch.

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Toronto Gift Guide: Biko kaleidoscope necklace

Posted by Dayna Winter / December 20, 2010

Biko necklaceIt's day number 19 of my quest to find some of the best gifts in Toronto. Today's Pick: Biko Kaleidoscope necklace. I love multitasking jewellery - photo-keeping lockets, time-telling pocket watches and now this gorgeous necklace by Biko that doubles as a mini kaleidoscope. The little eyepiece is an honest-to-goodness antique circa 1950s England. Biko leading lady Corrine Anestopoulos dares you to "see the world in a different dimension" while using your portable kaleidoscope around town. When was the last time a string of pearls worked that hard?

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Toronto Gift Guide: The News cosmetic pouches

Posted by Dayna Winter / December 19, 2010

The News pouchesIt's day number 18 of my quest to find some of the best gifts in Toronto. Today's Pick: The News cosmetic pouches. Creating items from recycled newspaper and magazines isn't a new idea. As kids, we used old paper to make beads and baskets. I'm not always a fan of the effect. It's been done well, but more often than not, the results are too "obvious" - making green fashion choices doesn't mean looking like the bottom of a blue bin.

These recycled newspaper pouches are eco-friendly while still being really chic. LA-based The News is a line of handmade bags and accessories by designer Dahli Coles. The pouches have a spill-friendly finish, thanks to a water-resistant laminate. Perfect for eyeshadow explosions.

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